A lot of people are mad as hell about City Hall’s plans to destroy their neighborhoods and the quality of their lives for the benefit of wealthy developers.
Rampant waste and efficiency, unaffordable employee pensions and benefits, the total lack of fiscal responsibility — all combined with soaring rates, fees and hidden taxes — has a lot of others’ blood boiling.
Many are up in arms over elections bought by corporations, developers, unions and other special interests in support of a political machine that has failed the city’s residents and spread its corruption so deep into the system that workers are taking bribes and stealing taxpayer money.
But nothing city government does inflames passions like how unwanted and stray dogs and cats are treated. No outrage can compare to that felt by the contentious and often conflicted animal rights community.
A lot of people like the Animal Defense League, L.A., jumped aboard the Brenda Barnette bandwagon when she was appointed to run the troubled Animal Services Department 18 months ago.
ADL-LA put her under the “microscope” and, despite holding the mayor and his staff “complicit in the slaughter of animals” for years, saw in Barnette “a new vision, a LIFE SAVING VISION, for the homeless and
lost animals of Los Angeles.”
“It’s a monumental choice that will finally accelerate the LAAS shelters from being evil killing dungeons into the beacon of a life affirming shelter system,” the group declared.
So how did that optimism work out?
It depends on who you talk to but a lot of people are questioning Barnette’s performance.
“Why would the Mayor tolerate abject failure
for more than a year? This is about L.A. Animal Services, but it is sadly
symptomatic of LA government. Isn’t there something
that can be done to get the Mayor to care?
“It amazes me that a
manager can be hired to solve a specific problem, and still have their job more
than one year later after making the problem over 11% worse.
It’s not like the department is doing well at something else to make up for it
“It seems there is
nowhere to turn.”
That’s the same feeling just about everyone has who has tried to get City Hall to fix problems, instead of causing them.
Personally, I don’t have a strong opinion on the animal shelter problem although thanks to the goodness of heart of my wife, I do enjoy the company of a stray dog named Bruno and a lost cockatiel named Francois.
But I have come to the conclusion on this and all the other issues that it is going to take a terrible calamity in which a lot of people get hurt or a miraculous mass awakening to change the fate of L.A.